Burgenland´s red wines

J.Lukan, Wein Burgenland

Blaufränkisch is the most important red wine variety in Burgenland and it has been around for a considerable amount of time. The earliest record of Blaufränkisch dates back 1200 years. Today it is a grape variety which delights with its complexity and dark berry notes. The tight and intensive structure along with its concentrated fruity aromas guarantee the incredible potential for development associated with this grape variety. The grape variety covers a broad spectrum of styles. This ranges from classic to reserve or single vineyard wines with incredible aromas and notes of terroir. The regional diversity and fine differences between the wines from Gols, Rust, Pöttelsdorf, Horitschon, Neckenmarkt, Deutschkreutz, Lutzmannsburg, Eisenberg and Deutsch Schützen demonstrate the individuality of this grape variety.

There are around 2700 hectares of Zweigelt in Burgenland. Zweigelt stands out due to its intensive notes of cherry and sour cherry. Its seductive texture and velvet tannins emphasise the fruity charm of the variety. The wines around Lake Neusiedl are classic fruity wines and can therefore be enjoyed much earlier than Blaufränkisch from the same region. Burgenland also produces St. Laurent and Pinot Noir of exceptional quality.

Due to the excellent developments made in red wine production in Burgenland, blends have started to gain in popularity. The fine art of blending is the ability to combine the best assets of each grape variety. By blending two or more wines, the winemaker creates a more complex bouquet and tries to improve harmony and balance on the palate. The majority of blends produced in Burgenland are Zweigelt- and/or Blaufränkisch-dominated. Blends with small parts of St. Laurent, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon or Syrah result in unique and incomparable wines.

Red grape  varieties

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